We just finished watching Die Hard for the umpteenth time; it’s become a holiday season tradition.
But it makes me wonder why it is considered a Christmas movie.
Rotten Tomatoes certainly has no problem classifying it as one; in its ranking of the 63 best Christmas movies, Die Hard comes in at number 12.
But Terry Turrones, a journalist for the Gazette, may offer the definitive answer(s).
Last year he conducted a Twitter poll to which nearly 100 people responded, with close to 79% saying yes, Die Hard is a Christmas movie.
Turrones then offers seven reasons why he agrees with the results of the poll:
- It takes place during a holiday office party
- It has Christmas music
- John McClain’s wife has a Christmas-y name (Holly)
- There are presents involved
- Santa Claus (sort of) makes an appearance
- It snows at the end
- The stats don’t lie – According to a press release last year from DISH Network, 1.3 million Americans watched “Die Hard” on Christmas Eve in 2016. That beat out traditional holiday favorites “Home Alone,” “Miracle on 34th Street,” and “The Santa Clause.”
So if you’re looking for a good holiday movie, don’t ignore Die Hard just because it came out in July and is packed with violence; it does have a happy ending after all…
Here’s the trailer: